Wisconsin History

Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Step Back in Time and Into the Shoes of an American Civil War Enlistee

A soldier teaches students the basic drill.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

As fall approaches, many Badger fans are heading out to Camp Randall to support their football team. However, about 150 years ago, the land didn’t house a football stadium. 

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Arts & Culture
7:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Real or Replica?: How Old World Wisconsin Preserves Wisconsin History Through Its Artifacts

Jennifer Van Haaften demonstrates activities that families can do when they come to Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum.
Credit Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

History is increasingly becoming accessible to users online. 

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mary Nohl's Eccentric, Eclectic House to be Relocated to Sheboygan

Mary Nohl's artistic house will be relocated to Sheboygan.
Credit ribarnica, flickr

Tourists will soon have to travel to Sheboygan to take in the Mary Nohl's art, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Food
10:49 am
Mon February 10, 2014

History With a Dollop of Applesauce: Meet the Potato Pancake Queen of Palmyra

Nate Chappell, Executive Chef of The Trout House, discusses the technique for grinding potatoes with Betty Betenz, who has passed her recipe along to the restaurant.
Mitch Teich

For almost seventy years, Betty Betenz of Palmyra has been the area’s unofficial Potato Pancake Queen.  Now into her tenth decade, Betenz has decided to make sure her iconic recipe remains a part of Wisconsin cuisine for years to come.  Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich explains:

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History
1:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Wisconsin's Biggest Living History Museum Wound Up in a State Forest

Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society

As the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the country, Old World Wisconsin demonstrates how our immigrant ancestors lived through heirloom gardens, antique machinery and painstakingly restored buildings.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Project Preserves Local Latina Voices

An event this evening explores why it's important to preserve the voices of Wisconsin's Latina activists.
Credit Somos Latinas Digital History Project

Across the country, the story of Chicana history is being collected in a project called "Somos Latinas," created by Chicanas Por Mi Raza.

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Education
3:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

'Cold War University': Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

The University of Wisconsin in Madison struggled to find a balance between Cold War policies and its student protests.
Credit Phil Roeder/Flickr

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Soldiers' Letters Illustrate Wisconsin's Military History

Soldiers' published letters in newspapers helped maintain and pass on Wisconsin's involvement in the Civil War.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Tumblr

One family’s scrapbook became a powerful resource for Wisconsin’s involvement in the Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

A Short Bright Flash: French Physicist's Lens Revolutionized Lighthouses

Point Reyes Lighthouse in San Francisco, Calif.
Credit vtsr/Flickr

As we mark National Lighthouse Day, we hear about the technology that saved lives and built empires.

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Regional
1:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State Fair Tradition Extends Back More Than 160 Years

An antique postcard captures an early image of fairgoers.
Credit Wisconsin State Fair

The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins in West Allis on Thursday.

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